The Tyrrell Hospital in Ilfracombe hosted a 70th party and family fun day on Saturday to wish the National Health Service a happy 70th birthday.

Tyrrell staff Tracy Huelin and Leanne Pridmore. Picture: Tony GussinTyrrell staff Tracy Huelin and Leanne Pridmore. Picture: Tony Gussin

The event was also commemorating the 45th anniversary of the League of Friends of the Tyrrell Hospital.

It was also a milestone for chairman Gloria Satchwell, who has led the group of fundraising volunteers for 25 years, raising money for vital equipment at the hospital and fighting to ensure the Tyrrell remains open and alive.

Hospital manager Karen Partridge said: “The open day was a great success on Saturday. It was lovely to see so many people help us celebrate 70 years of the NHS and 45 years of the League of Friends.”

Gloria Satchwell, League of Friends of the Tyrrell Hospital chairman with the birthday cake marking 45 years. Picture: Tony GussinGloria Satchwell, League of Friends of the Tyrrell Hospital chairman with the birthday cake marking 45 years. Picture: Tony Gussin

Rob Martell singing at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70th birthday bash. Picture: Tony GussinRob Martell singing at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70th birthday bash. Picture: Tony Gussin

The Ley family helping out at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 party. Picture: Tony GussinThe Ley family helping out at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 party. Picture: Tony Gussin

A range of therapies were on offer at the Tyrrell NHS 70 party, including massage by Josie Truelove. Picture: Tony GussinA range of therapies were on offer at the Tyrrell NHS 70 party, including massage by Josie Truelove. Picture: Tony Gussin

Tyrrell NHS 70th party, with tai chi displays by Paul Maxfield. Picture: Tony GussinTyrrell NHS 70th party, with tai chi displays by Paul Maxfield. Picture: Tony Gussin

Nicola Corrigan of 361 Energy at the Tyrrell NHS 70 birthday bash. Picture: Tony GussinNicola Corrigan of 361 Energy at the Tyrrell NHS 70 birthday bash. Picture: Tony Gussin

Stalls and volunteers at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 birthday bash. Picture: Tony GussinStalls and volunteers at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 birthday bash. Picture: Tony Gussin

Stalls and volunteers at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 birthday bash. Picture: Tony GussinStalls and volunteers at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 birthday bash. Picture: Tony Gussin

Becky Down and Terry Johnson on the Over & Above hospital charity stall. Picture: Tony GussinBecky Down and Terry Johnson on the Over & Above hospital charity stall. Picture: Tony Gussin

Stalls and volunteers at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 birthday bash. Picture: Tony GussinStalls and volunteers at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 birthday bash. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe fire fighters Dan Lester and Mark Creek at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 bash. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe fire fighters Dan Lester and Mark Creek at the Tyrrell Hospital NHS 70 bash. Picture: Tony Gussin